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The Plastic Ancestry of the Owlbear
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Like so many of the plastic monsters pulled from obscurity as patchisaurs, the owlbear has become iconic. But unlike the other monsters who we can easily trace to kaiju from the Ultraman series...
Crowdfunding News: Age of Antiquity, Book of Beastly Creatures, and more
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This week, I look at RPG Kickstarters that end on or before July 9th. While I do not cover all of the available projects, there’s a nice number of projects including a number that are heavily D&D...
The Plastic Ancestry of the Rust Monster
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Ah the rust monster! The bane of just about every fighter's existence, created from a plastic toy for the express purpose of ruining a party's equipment -- which, given the uniqueness of some...
Crowdfunding News – Alice is Missing, BEOWULF, Legendlore, and more
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This week, I look at RPG crowdfunding projects ending on July 2nd or earlier. There are seven campaigns making five-figures at this point (and Alice is Missing is likely to be at six figures...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Wretches & Rewards, Folk Magic, Role, Pride Knights, and more
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This week, I look at some of the RPG Kickstarters campaigns that end by June 25th. These campaigns are heavily Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition projects with one DCC and one OSR offering to mix it...
White Dwarf Reflections #5
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After a rather lengthy hiatus, we're delighted to venture back into the gaming magazines of old for our regularly scheduled White Dwarf Retrospective. Issue no. 5 begins with a few delightful...
Dragon Reflections #33
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TSR Periodicals published The Dragon Issue 33 in January 1980. It is 64 pages long and has a cover price of $2.50. In this issue, we talk about computer gaming, Gary Gygax defends the D&D magic...
The Last Edition of D&D?
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Changes in Dungeons & Dragons' various editions have ranged from the incremental to the epic, shaking up the game's sales along with its playerbase. There is evidence that Wizards of the Coast is...
Worlds of Design: The Four Laws of Character Death
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A problem that I have in GMing RPGs, and I imagine a lot of other people have, is reluctance to kill characters that players have become strongly attached to. I'll describe my evolution in how I...
Played It Review of The Hole in the Oak
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The Hole in the Oak arrived as a free adventure PDF from Exalted Funeral during the corona virus lockdown. Based on Old-School Essentials (combination of 1981’s Basic Dungeons & Dragons and Expert...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Torchbearer, Dragon Fighters, Terrain Books, and more
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There are a limited selection of RPG and RPG-related crowdfunding projects that end by May 21st. As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, the number of RPG crowdfunding projects...
Why I GM--In a Crisis or Otherwise
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It is April in the USA. It has been snowing for a couple of days. I’m in lockdown due to a deadly global pandemic. I’m tired, still working full time from home and fighting to overcome worry. With...
RPG Crowdfunding News – Deadlands, BRANCALONIA, Earthdawn, and more
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In this article, I look at RPG crowdfunding projects that end by May 14th. As I’ve done for the last several weeks, I’m including Kicktraq charts to analyze how RPG crowdfunding projects are doing...
RPG Crowdfunding News - MÖRK BORG CULT, HârnMaster, Tiny Taverns, and more
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This week I include RPG crowdfunding projects that end by May 7th. As with the last three articles, I’m incorporating information from Kicktraq to give a view into how these projects are doing...
Crowdfunding News – Tales of Arcana, The Fantasy Trip, CAPERS Offworld, and more
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This week, I look at how RPG crowdfunding projects that end between April 17th to 23rd are performing. Among the offerings, one forward-looking game includes a tier to let fans that want to back...
Crowdfunding News: The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar, Monsters! Monsters RPG, and more
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Between April 3rd and 9th, a number of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition crowdfunding campaigns end. These books include adventures, new rules, and a project about hair in D&D. Add to that, Lankhmar...
Crowdfunding News – Beam Saber, The Midnight World, Ascendant, and More
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This week I review RPG crowdfunding projects that end between March 27 and April 2. From RPGs featuring mechs, superheros, and horror to RPG zines and gaming accessories, there’s variety to consider.
Review of Mörk Borg, a Doom Metal Album of an OSR RPG
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All will blacken and burn just as the Two-Headed Basilisks predicated. The world is dying; time is short. How will you face the final days? Robbing graves for corpse buried wealth? Or fighting the...
Announcing the Free RPG Day 2020 Publishers!
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Free RPG Day is coming Saturday, June 13, 2020, is the first RPG event fully executed by new owners, Gaming Days, LLC. Last year, I spoke with Paul Alexander Butler, co-creator of the Overlight...
Worlds of Design: More Human Than Human
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30-some years ago I wrote an article "My Life as a Werebear" (in White Dwarf #17) that provided rules for player character monster species such as blink dog packs and giants. Nowadays we take...

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